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Ohio Public Employees Need Not Provide 10 Day Notice Prior to Informational Picket

Posted in SERB
By Nelson Cary and Michael Shoenfelt Under Ohio law, a public employee union is required to provide ten days advance notice of its intention to engage in “any picketing, striking, or other concerted refusal to work.” Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court decided how this rule applied to an informational picket, which does not involve a simultaneous … Continue Reading

SERB Releases Health Insurance Cost Information

Posted in SERB
Last week, Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board released its 21st Annual Report on the Cost of Health Insurance in Ohio’s Public Sector (pdf). The Report surveyed public employers in Ohio at all levels of government, including cities, counties, townships, colleges and universities, and school districts, to name just a few of the employer types covered. Over 92% … Continue Reading

SERB Releases Annual Report

Posted in SERB
Labor professionals working for public employers in Ohio may be interested in reviewing SERB’s annual report (pdf).  Ohio law requires SERB to issue a report on its operations.  Last week, SERB sent its report to Governor Kasich (R).  The report is also posted to its website.  Some of the notable highlights from the report include: consolidation of … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Governor Kasich Signs Senate Bill 5

Posted in Legislation, SERB
  On March 31, 2011, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 5 into law.  Governor Kasich’s signature ends the legislative process that began earlier this year.  As is usually the case, the bill changed significantly from the beginning to the end of the process, starting out by eliminating bargaining entirely for certain state employees.  The legislative … Continue Reading

UPDATE: House Committee Votes to Amend Senate Bill 5

Posted in Legislation, SERB
Today, the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee considered amendments to Senate Bill 5.  According to a report in The Columbus Dispatch, some of the changes considered include: Giving public employees the right to refuse to pay "fair share" fees to unions. Making some changes to impasse resolution mechanisms, primarily by providing an option of a public referendum on … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Senate Bill 5 Clears Ohio Senate

Posted in Legislation, SERB
Senate Bill 5, the legislation that would substantially reform the public employee collective bargaining system in Ohio, has passed the Ohio Senate.  It now moves on to the Ohio House of Representatives for consideration. The bill that passed in the Senate was significantly different from the bill originally introduced by its sponsor, Senator Shannon Jones … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Public Sector Bargaining Rights Battle Rages

Posted in SERB
The headline on our last post certainly seems apt now.  A battle truly has erupted — and not just here in Ohio – over the issue of public sector employee collective bargaining rights.  Wisconsin also confronts the issue; coverage of that dispute is easy enough to come by, but here is a recent example.  Michigan, however, … Continue Reading

The Battle Over Public Sector Collective Bargaining Begins

Posted in SERB
On February 9, 2011, Senator Shannon Jones (R – Springboro) introduced Senate Bill 5.  It contains significant changes to Ohio’s State Employment Relations Act, the law that governs public employee labor/management relations.  Labor unions decried the proposal, and hundreds of union members appeared at the initial hearing of the bill. The law amends several provisions of the Ohio … Continue Reading

SERB Modifies Mail Ballot Procedure

Posted in SERB
In late 2009, SERB published its rules regarding the use of mail ballots in public employer labor elections.  The rules were effective in early 2010.  Accompanying the rules was a procedural summary describing how SERB intended to implement its mail ballot rule.  Mail ballots were a new procedure for SERB at the time, but one that had been used before by the … Continue Reading

Change on the Way for Ohio Public Employers?

Posted in SERB
In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Governor-Elect John Kasich discussed Ohio’s public sector bargaining process.  The comments suggest that change may be on the horizon when it comes to binding interest arbitration for certain public employees. Ohio law presently limits the right of certain employees to strike.  These employees typically hold safety sensitive positions, like police … Continue Reading

Ohio State Employment Relations Board Rules Police Captains May Be Included in Bargaining Unit

Posted in SERB
A threshold issue in labor relations is which grouping of employees constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit.  Those who are in the bargaining unit will be represented by the union.  This question must be addressed by both public and private sector employers.  In Ohio, particularly in the area of law enforcement personnel, there are unique rules applicable to public … Continue Reading

Ohio State Employment Relations Board to Hold Hearing on New Procedural Rules

Posted in SERB
The Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB) will hold a public hearing on August 23, 2010.  At issue in the hearing will be new procedural regulations that SERB posted to its website last month. The proposed regulations modify a number of different provisions of the SERB’s procedural regulations.  The most significant changes in the draft regulations … Continue Reading

Ohio State Employment Relations Board Publishes Mail Ballot Rule

Posted in SERB, Union Organizing
In Ohio, the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) is responsible for, among other things, overseeing union organizing in the public sector workforce (e.g., firefighters and police officers). SERB has been working on a rule that requires union representation elections to be held by mail, rather than through a secret ballot vote at the public employer’s … Continue Reading